A wonderful celebration for our Veterans was held on Sunday afternoon, November 11, at 2:30 p.m. in the Pendleton County High School Gymnasium. The program recognized area Veterans as well as showcased the talents of the Pendleton County students. This celebration was planned cooperatively with Pendleton County Schools, American Legion & Auxiliary Post 109, VFW Post 1978, and the Disabled American Veterans.
A reception preceded the program at 2:00 p.m. in the PHS cafeteria for all veterans and their spouses/guests. This reception was hosted by Pendleton County High School's Student Council. The program opened with the Veterans entering the gymnasium while the PHS Band played during the NJROTC sword salute. The Southern and Northern Elementary choirs sang the National Anthem. Sharp Middle School Choir performed America the Beautful. The invocation was given by FCS member, Jasmine Crozier. Superintendent Joe Buerkley welcomed everyone and introduced several county officials who were in attendance. Cmdr Jim Sharp gave greetings from the American Legion Post 109. The NJROTC Drill Team then made a presentation under the direction of Naval Science instructor, LCDR C J Warren.
Superintendent Joe Buerkley introduced the key-note speaker, former Judge Executive, Mr. Henry Bertram.
The Pendleton High School Band, under the direction of Matt Phillips, then played the US Armed Services Medley. The branches of the service were called out in the following order and the veterans stood up when their branch was called.
---U.S. Coast Guard
---U.S. Air Force
The elementary schools had a coloring contest and poster contest and the middle school and high school students wrote essays. The following student winners were awarded gift certificates by the Auxiliary Post 109:
Coloring Contest Winners
- Macey Craddock—2nd Grade, Southern Elementary
- Kaylee Walker—1st Grade, Northern Elementary
Poster Contest Winners
- Hannah Spaulding—4th Grade, Southern Elementary
- Hannah Harrison—4th Grade, Northern Elementary
Essay Contest Winners
- Rebecca Darling—12th Grade, Pendletn County High School
- Emma Gillespie—8th Grade, Sharp Middle School
LCDR Warren presented the perpetual plaques and gave information about the procedure for putting a veteran’s name on the plaque. The program concluded with the Wreath-Laying Ceremony, Jasmine Crozier giving the benediction and then the playing of Taps by Pendleton County High School Band student, Caitlyn Harris.